Pawlenty blasts 'Obamacare' on CNN's 'State of the Union'

  • Updated: November 7, 2010 - 5:54 PM

Gov. Tim Pawlenty, appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley Sunday morning, said repealing President Obama's health care overhaul would be a major part of his platform if he ran for president in 2012.

"I think Obamacare is one of the worst pieces of legislation passed in the modern history of the country," said Minnesota's outgoing GOP governor. "I'm doing everything I can in Minnesota to stop, delay or avoid implementation in my state, including signing an executive order saying we're not going to participate unless required by law or approved by me."

Asked if repealing the health care overhaul would be a major part of his platform in a presidential run, Pawlenty answered, "Yes."

He then launched verbatim into phraseology he has been repeating recently on the subject: "I think having health solutions dragged into Washington, D.C. -- top-down, command-and-control, bureaucratically run entitlement programs they can't afford are a bad idea. I like markets. I like people being in charge of decisions, not the federal bureaucracy."

KEVIN DIAZ

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